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Report warns of high costs if Medicare expanded to cover anti-obesity drugs

Posted On: Mar. 13, 2023 10:07 AM CST

The cost of expanding U.S. Medicare prescription drug coverage to pay for expensive, new obesity medications could be catastrophic, health economists warn in a new study, Reuters reports. Big-selling diabetes drugs have been repurposed as obesity treatments after demonstrating weight loss of more than 20% in clinical trials. Once-weekly injections of Novo Nordisk's Wegovy, for example, cost more than $13,000 per year after rebates and discounts.